About the Book
Title: Kingdom of Ruins
Author: D.C. Marino
Release Date: July 27, 2018
In the Lands Within, history does not rest. Each archaeological layer communicates with the living generation, choosing its friends and enemies—and its kings. But an alliance has been struck no one could have anticipated, and an ancient evil is soaking into the soil. History is being erased, purchased and re-written at a terrible price. And a kingdom that shouldn’t have been forgotten is fading from memory.
In the Lands Without, archaeologist Lori Brickland has found a pottery shard with a heartbeat. The pulse might be a trick of the mind, or it might be the first sign of life in a world of ruin. An exiled traveler will say she shouldn’t search for the truth, a calculating ruler will say she’s the one he’s looking for. And the kingdom? The kingdom will need her before the end. It’s time to accept what she’s always known…
This isn’t archaeology.
This is war.
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After spending our honeymoon in Orlando and making a few visits after that, I learned to appreciate roller coasters and fast rides. But slow rides, I didn’t have to learn to appreciate, because I like that relaxing meandering through nice, quiet scenic or educational rides. Books are different, I love a book that is like a roller coaster, mind-bending intrigue, very dramatic and/or take your breath away exciting. Kingdom of Ruins is not that ride. It’s a quiet wander through a super interesting dimension with nature that is sentient and gifted people who can interpret what the elements are saying. Wind speaks, little breezes play with you, the ocean speaks with special writing and the epochs call out from huge deep chasms. It’s not all meandering though, because there is a battle and that’s actually pretty cool, since nature joins the fray. It’s an intriguing creative concept.
There is just enough mystery and wondering what will happen, to carry you along. I wasn’t that fond of Lori, I found her a bit lacking, however her career, her gift AND her related phobia (what a combination!) was an intriguing part of the story and helped move me through to the end. But Meridian, the miller’s daughter was great. I kind of wished she was the main character, she was so full of life, color and music.
I’m thinking that in time, I’ll re-read it, and probably will enjoy it more. The creative ideas are very interesting and many are kind of new to me. All in all, it was a good read.
DISCLAIMER: I received this book as a gift. The opinions I express are provided without obligation for a positive review. I receive no compensation for the review, other than a really good read.
About the Author
D.C. Marino is a dedicated reader of history books and fantasy novels, both of which occupy an equal amount of space on her bookshelves. But it wasn’t until she realized how one breathed life into the other that she became addicted to finding the intersections of the real world and the fairy story. Still more: what those intersections about us as a creative, curious people. Kingdom of Ruins is her debut novel.
Guest Post from D.C. Marino
I’m so excited to share Kingdom of Ruins with you! This story has been on my heart and mind for over ten years now, so this feels a bit surreal. I’d love to tell you a bit about why I wrote this book. But in order to do that, I need to tell you why I almost didn’t.
Fantasy. It isn’t real. Why should I spend time writing a story that doesn’t grapple with the actual issues of the day? Why not speak plainly, instead of inventing another world to explore the real one? These were the questions I asked myself every night before I fell asleep. I adored fiction that transported me to factual events, or introduced me to historical figures, but every time I picked up a pen, the fantastical wiggled out of it.
I was afraid I was writing the wrong story.
This story oddly (or not so oddly) enough began with Lori, an atephobic archaeologist. Meaning she had a passion for archaeology, but a phobic fear of ruins. Why would she shrink back from the work she loved? Because no matter how hard she tried, she couldn’t make whole the broken. Life ends in dust, and that’s all there is to it. I felt the same way. Not only was I writing something I wasn’t sure would be relevant, but could it mend anything? Make a difference? Or was it futile, like trying to resurrect the past?
What I found was exactly what Lori begins to find in Kingdom of Ruins. That even though things seem unfixable, it isn’t the end. The world Lori enters is full of darkness and peril, but it also holds a chance for her to heal from more than just her fear. While I wrote, and especially as I neared the last chapter, I realized she and I had both overcome a great challenge. I won’t tell you her conclusion, but I will tell you mine:
I wrote the right story.
I hope you enjoy every bit of the journey as I did, dear reader.
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